Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments
What Is Lexia Core5?
Lexia Reading Core5 is an online literacy program developed with an instructional model and scope and sequence based on research published in numerous peer reviewed journals. The program was developed and refined based on educator feedback and rigorous, ongoing research, and has been recognized by independent review organizations.
Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and other rigorous state standards, Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm and criteria-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.
Using Lexia Reading Core5, students are automatically placed at the proper level and work independently on developing their fundamental literacy skills. The program provides explicit, systematic, adaptive learning, scaffolding students as they struggle and advancing them to higher levels as they demonstrate proficiency. School-to-home access allows students to continue their independent work at home, in blended learning models, extended-day programs, or libraries and other community centers.
While students are working independently in the online activities, Lexiaâ€™s embedded assessment system, Assessment Without TestingÂ®, provides educators with actionable, norm and criteria-referenced performance data without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test. The assessment data is correlated to and highly predictive of outcomes on DIBELS, AIMSweb, MAPS and other commonly used norm-referenced assessments. This lowers expenditures on assessments and, according to a national survey, saves teachers up to a month of instructional time.
Lexia Learning and the Lexia Reading Core5 program are the embodiment of Research and Innovation at work.
*I encourage you to also check out this article on “Students Using Lexia Reading Core5 and How They’ve Made Dramatic Gains of Two or More Grade Levels During the 2013-2014 School Year.”
How Teachers Can Use Lexia:
I’ve seen teachers use Lexia in a variety of ways. One of my favorite ways is to have children use Lexia as a station during guided reading instruction. This tends to work really well for those who may not have 1:1 devices for each learner. Teachers can have three different groups going on at the same time.
- Read to self: students reading independently
- Lexia Core5: students working on devices
- Guided reading: students working with teacher
Having students working in three different groups for about 15 minutes – 30 minutes a day can work well to help differentiate instruction for smaller groups of learners.
Using Lexia to Guide Instruction:
Because Lexia has students take a pre-assessment, students are placed in a level in which approximates their skill competency. Because the program is adaptive (as students answer questions correctly, they receive more challenging activities and as they answer questions incorrectly, they receive less challenging activities), students quickly find their “just-right” level for practice.
Teachers can access a rich archive of student data that allows for better planning to personalize instruction for guided reading groups. Imagine what a planning time-saver this could be!
How Students Like Lexia:
Having used Lexia Core5 Reading with some of my students and my own two children, I can tell you that kids enjoyed using the program. The game-based nature of the software keeps children engaged and interested in the content.
You can click here to see a variety of sample videos from phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This page also shares more information on the student driven learning components of the program.